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  1. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Companies Amendment Act 2019 (2019, No. 20). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2019-07-01 | WSM-2019-L-111363

  2. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Constitution Amendment Act 2019 (2019, No. 6). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2019-01-31 | WSM-2019-L-111364

    The amendment replaces Article 19(2) with the following:
    “(2) Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, a person who holds, or who has held for one (1) term, office as Head of State, is only eligible for re-appointment to that Office once.
    (2A) A person who has held the office as Head of State for two (2) terms is not eligible to be reappointed to that Office.”.

  3. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Criminal Procedure Act 2016 (2016, No. 6). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-02-09 | WSM-2016-L-102763

    AN ACT to provide a code relating to criminal procedure and rules as to the criminal jurisdiction of courts hearing criminal cases and for related purposes.

  4. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Sentencing Act 2016 (2016, No. 9). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-02-09 | WSM-2016-L-102765

    AN ACT to set out the purposes for which defendants may be sentenced or otherwise dealt with by the courts, to promote those purposes, to aid in the public¿s understanding of sentencing practices, by providing principles and guidelines to be applied by courts in sentencing or otherwise dealing with defendants, to provide a sufficient range of sentences and other means of dealing with defendants and to provide for the interests of victims of crime and for related purposes.

  5. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Counter Terrorism Act 2014 (2014, No. 7). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2014-04-07 | WSM-2014-L-98692

    An Act to repeal the Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism Act 2002 and to implement United Nations Security Council Resolutions and Conventions dealing with terrorism and for related purposes.

  6. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Samoan Language Commission Act 2014 (2014 (No. 5). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2014-04-07 | Date of entry into force: 2014-06-01 | WSM-2014-L-98695

    AN ACT to ensure the Samoan language is and remains a vibrant language, to declare the Samoan language as an official language, and to establish the Samoan Language Commission to provide its functions, duties and powers, and for related purposes.

  7. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Family Court Act 2014 (2014, No. 19). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2014-01-26 | WSM-2014-L-98693

    An Act to establish the Family Court as a Division of the District Court and to provide for the constitution, jurisdiction, powers and procedures of the Family Court, and for related purposes.

  8. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Citizenship Act 2004 (2014, No. 3). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2014-01-21 | WSM-2014-L-102747

    AN ACT to make provision with respect to the status of Samoan citizenship.

  9. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Constitution Amendment Act 2013 (2013, No. 17). (Teuteuga o le Faavae) - Legislation on-line Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2013-06-25 | WSM-2013-L-93576

    An Act to amend the Constitution of the Independent State of Samoa to provide for a minimum number of women Members of Parliament, and to exclude officers and employees of the Attorney-General from the Public Service.

  10. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Attorney General's Office Act 2013 (2013, No. 15). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2013-06-25 | Date of entry into force: 2013-07-08 | WSM-2013-L-102746

    AN ACT to establish the Attorney General's Office, to provide for its functions, administration and finance and to provide for other functions, duties and powers of the Attorney General, and for related purposes.

  11. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Ombudsman (Komesina o Sulufaiga) Act, 2013 (2013, No. 12). (Komesina o Sulufaiga (Ombudsman)) - Legislation on-line Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2013-06-05 | WSM-2013-L-93577

    AN ACT to:
    (a) continue the Ombudsman (Komesina o Sulufaiga) established under the Komesina o Sulufaiga (Ombudsman) Act 1988; and
    (b) provide the functions, duties and powers to promote good governance in public administration; and
    (c) provide the functions, duties and powers relating to human rights for ensuring the dignity, equality and worth of individuals and recognising that individuals have the right to life, liberty and freedom from discrimination; and
    (d) provide for related purposes.

    Repeals the Komesina o Sulufaiga (Ombudsman) Act 1988.

  12. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Prisons and Corrections Act, 2013 (2013, No. 11). (Falepuipui ma le Toefuataiga) - Legislation on-line Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2013-06-05 | WSM-2013-L-93578

    AN ACT to repeal the Prisons Act 1967 and to provide for the re-organisation and reform of prisons in Samoa by the establishment of a Samoa Prisons and Corrections Service with necessary transitional arrangements, and by reforms to the management of prisons and the treatment of prisoners in accordance with Samoan customs and traditions and accepted practices and standards, and with an objective of providing a corrections based system, and for related purposes.

  13. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Labour and Employment Relations Act, 2013 (2013, No. 7). (Sootaga Va Lelei o Leipa ma Galuega) - Legislation on-line Legislation on-line Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2013-04-05 | WSM-2013-L-93575

    AN ACT to:
    (a) provide new provisions relating to labour and employment relations to ensure compliance with International Labour Organization requirements; and
    (b) improve provisions relating to conditions of employment for national and foreign employees, including wage protection, contracts of service, holidays, leave, hours of work, overtime, conciliation procedures; and
    (c) repeal the Labour and Employment Act 1972 and amend other relevant Acts; and
    (d) provide for related matters.

    Part I - Preliminary
    Part II - National Tripartite Forum
    Part III - Administration
    Part IV - Principles of Employment
    Part V - Protection of Wages
    Part VI - Contract of Service
    Part VII - Terms and Conditions of Employment
    Part VIII - Termination of Contract of Service
    Part IX - Foreign Employees' Employment Permit
    Part X - Conciliation of Employment Disputes
    Part XI - Miscellaneous

    Also repeals the Labour and Employment Regulations 1973 and Part VIII of the Immigration Act 2004.

  14. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Crimes Act 2013 (2013, No. 10). (Solitulafono) - Legislation on-line Legislation on-line Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2013-04-05 | WSM-2013-L-93579

    AN ACT to regulate crimes in Samoa, to repeal the Crimes Ordinance 1961 and consequently amend other Acts, and for related purposes.

    Part I - Preliminary
    Part II - Jurisdiction
    Part III - Matters of Justification or Excuse
    Part IV - Justification or Excuse in the Arrest of Any Person
    Part V - Parties to the Commission of Offences
    Part VI - Crimes Against Public Order
    Part VII - Sexual Crimes
    Part VIII - Crimes Against Public Welfare
    Part IX - Crimes Against the persons
    Part X - Assaults and Injuries to the Persons
    Part XI - Crimes Against the Administration of Justice
    Part XII - Organised Crime, Corruption and Transnational Offending
    Part XIII - Smuggling and Trafficking in People
    Part XIV - Crimes Against the Right of Property
    Part XV - Crimes Involving Damage or Danger to Property or Transport
    Part XVI - Threatening Harm to Persons or Property
    Part XVII - Forgery and False Document
    Part XVIII - Crimes Involving Electronic Systems
    Part XIX - Miscellaneous Provisions

    Makes consequential amendments to the following laws:
    - Acts Interpretation Act 1974 (article 20A)
    - Criminal Procedure Act 1972 (article 87)
    - Indecent Publication Ordinance 1960 (sections 2 and 3)

  15. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Family Safety Act 2013 (2013, No. 8). (Saogalemu o Aiga) - Legislation on-line Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2013-04-05 | WSM-2013-L-93580

    AN ACT to provide for greater protection of families and the handling of domestic violence and related matters.

    Part I - Preliminary
    Part II - Protection Orders
    Part III - Duties of Police Officers
    Part IV - Miscellaneous

    Makes consequential amendments to the following:
    - Section 77(1) of the Crimes Ordinance 1961 is amended by substituting "16" with "18".
    - Section 26A of the Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Ordinance 1961 is amended by substituting the definition of "domestic violence" with the following: "has the same meaning ascribed to it under the Family Safety Act 2013.".
    - Section 12 of the Infants Ordinance 1961 is amended by substituting "14" with "18" where it appears.

  16. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    OPEC Fund Loans Act 2012 (No. 2 of 2012). (Faaunegatupe Mai le Faaputugatupe a le Faalapotopotoga a Atunuu e Auina Atu i Fafo Penisini 2012) - Legislation on-line in English and Samoan

    Adoption: 2012-01-26 | WSM-2012-L-90976

    Provides for the raising of loans and credits from the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries Fund for International Development, and for related purposes.

  17. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Intellectual Property Act 2011 (No. 9 of 2011). - Legislation on-line in English and Samoan

    Adoption: 2011-10-11 | WSM-2011-L-90980

    An Act to provide protection for intellectual property rights in Samoa which are marks, patents, innovation patents, plant breeder's rights, design rights, registered designs, geographical indications and lay-out designs of integrated circuits.

  18. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Foreign Investment Amendment Act (No. 8 of 2011). - Legislation on-line in English and Samoan

    Adoption: 2011-08-11 | WSM-2011-L-90978

    1. Short title and commencement
    2. Interpretation
    3. Reserved List
    4. Restricted List
    5. Activities not otherwise restricted
    6. Insertion of new section 6A
    7. Functions of the Chief Executive Officer
    8. Insertion of new section 7A
    9. Receipt and approval of applications for foreign investment registration
    10. Insertion of new section 8A
    11. Duration of certificates
    12. Register of Foreign Investment
    13. Reports by Foreign Investors
    14. Insertion of new section 11A
    15. Cancellation of certificates
    16. Offences and Penalties
    17. Regulations
    18. Insertion of new section 19
    19. Schedules

  19. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Public Records Act 2011 (No. 2 of 2011). - Legislation on-line in English and Samoan

    Adoption: 2011-01-28 | WSM-2011-L-90981

    An Act to provide for the custody, control, management, preservation and use of Public Records, and for establishing the National Archivist and the National Archives and Records Authority, and for related purposes.

  20. Samoa - General provisions - Constitution

    Constitution Amendment Act 2010 (2010, No. 4). (Teuteuga o le Faavae) - Legislation on-line in English and Samoan

    Adoption: 2010-02-26 | WSM-2010-C-87629

    Amends section 46 concerning tenure of office of Members.

  21. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Community Justice Act 2008 (2008, No. 5). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2008-01-25 | WSM-2008-L-102748

    AN ACT to promote criminal justice by the provision of a community based justice system that fosters community based sentencing options and the rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders.

  22. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Alternative Dispute Resolution Act 2007 (2007, No. 30). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2007-11-21 | WSM-2007-L-96964

    Deals with resolution of disputes between parties in civil and criminal proceedings, which lie outside the usual court-based litigation model.

  23. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Young Offenders Act 2007 (2007, No. 25). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2007-10-29 | WSM-2007-L-102761

    AN ACT to provide a criminal justice system for young persons, their treatment by the courts, and related purposes.

  24. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Proceeds of Crime Act 2007 (2007, No. 4). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2007-01-30 | WSM-2007-L-102755

    AN ACT to Provide for the Confiscation of Proceeds of Crime and for Related Purposes.

  25. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Constitution Amendment Act 2005 (2005, No. 2). - Act on-line

    Adoption: 2005-01-25 | WSM-2005-L-72587

    Increases the retirement age of supreme court judges from 62 to 68.

  26. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Crimes (Abolition of Death Penalty) Amendment Act 2004 (No. 7). - Act on-line

    Adoption: 2004-01-21 | WSM-2004-L-72584

    Amends the Crimes Ordinance 1961 and the Criminal Procedure Act 1972 by abolishing the death penalty.

  27. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Companies Act 2001 (2001, No. 6). (Tulafono o Kamupani 2001) - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2001-06-20 | Date of entry into force: 2008-07-01 | Date of gradual entry into force: 2006-12-21 | WSM-2001-L-102749

    AN ACT to provide for the formation and governance of Companies in Samoa.

  28. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Constitution Amendment Act 2000 (No. 12 of 2000). - Act on-line

    Adoption: 2000-12-22 | WSM-2000-L-70887

    Amends Article 87 of the Constitution concerning the Public Service Commission responsibilties as well as Article 89 concerning the Chief Justice, Article 32 concerning the appointment of the Deputy Prime Minister and Article 33 concerning the procedure when the Prime Minister is temporarily prevented from performing his or her functions.

  29. Samoa - General provisions - Constitution

    Constitution Amendment Act (No. 2) 1997 (No. 15). - Act on-line

    Adoption: 1997-07-04 | WSM-1997-C-51621

    Amendments to reflect the name change of the state from "Western Samoa" to "Samoa."

  30. Samoa - General provisions - Constitution

    Constitution Amendment Act (No. 1) 1997 (No. 3). - Act on-line

    Adoption: 1997-03-14 | WSM-1997-C-51620

    Amendments regarding the Controller and Chief Auditor.

  31. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Labour and Employment Act 1972, No. 12 - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1972-12-08 | WSM-1972-L-69509

    Comprehensive labour legislation divided into the following 8 parts: part 1 contains preliminary provisions; part 2 concerns administration; part 3 makes provision for wages protection; part 4 regulates contracts of service; part 5 deals with holidays, leave, hours of work and overtime; part 6 contains provisions concerning working conditions, safety and health including the employment of children; part 7 establishes conciliation and arbitration procedures; and part 8 contains miscellaneous provisions.

  32. Samoa - General provisions - Constitution

    Constitution of the Independent State of Western Samoa, 1962. - Legislation on-line Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1962-01-01 | WSM-1962-C-44021

    Part II sets forth fundamental rights and freedoms. These include the right to life (except in cases of death penalty) and liberty; freedom of religion, assembly and association; and freedom from forced labour and inhuman treatment. No law shall discriminate against persons on the grounds of their descent, sex, language, religion, nor shall it prevent the making of any provision for the advancement of women and children (s. 15). Part X covers emergency powers. Existing laws shall continue after independence. Integrated version of 1998 available.

  33. Samoa - General provisions - Law, Act

    Crimes Ordinance 1961 (1961, No. 13). - Act on-line

    Adoption: 1961-12-16 | Date of entry into force: 1962-01-01 | WSM-1961-L-72585

    Part I - Jurisdiction
    Part II - Matters of justification or excuse
    Part III - Parties to the commission of offences
    Part IV - Crimes against public order
    Part V - Crimes affecting administration of law and justice and public administration
    Part VI - Crimes against religion, morality and public welfare
    Part VII - Crimes against person and reputation
    Part VIII - Crimes against rights of property


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